Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Congratulations and thank you to the members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for their spirited holiday performance at this evening's Gingerbread Festival and Tree Lighting in downtown Downers Grove!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

DGN Fine Arts Alumni at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Jonathan Sheetz (clarinet) is featured on NBC at the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Congratulations to the entire #MarchingIllini on a stunning performance at the 2015 #MacysParade. The Marching Illini was selected as the final band of the parade and had the honor of bringing Santa Claus into Herald Square for the grand finale.
@DGNBands alumni Jonathan Sheetz (clarinet) and Jennifer Vetrone (trumpet) performed this morning in NYC with the Marching Illini.  We are proud of you!

Thanksgiving Morning - DGN Fine Arts @BonfieldExpress 2015 #99Learns #WeAreDGN

Thank you to our terrific student volunteers who contributed in many ways to the success of the annual Bonfield Express.  Our vocal duet (National Anthem) and Jazz Combo (finish line music) were spectacular!

Hundreds of runners and walkers added just a few extra steps to their route and participated in our first-ever #BangAGong4theArts Detour!  @DGNFineArts appreciates the ongoing support of Arts Education in our community!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No Cook / Dine Out Event to Support DGN Fine Arts - December 1 @Panera

Join us at Panera (160 Ogden Avenue) on Tuesday, December 1, to support the DGN Fine Arts Boosters. Treat your family to a "no cook" evening on Tuesday, December 1st.  10-20% (depending on number of participants) of your bill will be donated directly to the DGN Fine Arts Boosters.

You may present the image embedded below on your smart-phone or tablet, or you may download and print out the flyer using below.

Please note this offer is good only at the Panera located at 160 Ogden Avenue, 4 - 8 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#MrTurkey15 with Alumni Special Guest @murielanderson #99Learns

@dgnfinearts wishes all our DGN families a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!

Welcome Home Muriel Anderson! #99Learns

Internationally acclaimed guitarist and musician Muriel Anderson visited North High School today, performing for all Band, Choir and Orchestra students, as well as giving a master class for the students enrolled in Guitar.

Ms. Anderson is a North High alumnus, and returns every Thanksgiving to share her experiences and musicianship with students, and, to encourage and promote attendance at her annual Homecoming Concert, which this year is on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM in the Johnson Auditorium at North High School.  Special guest artist for this concert is rDaniel Champagne.  This is a concert you won't want to miss!

We are grateful to Ms. Anderson for sharing her expertise and talents with our students each year!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ILMEA District 1 Festival #99Learns #WeAreDGN

Congratulations to the 60 DGN music students who participated in the District 1 ILMEA Festival today at Elmhurst College! Despite the snowy weather, it was a very successful day full of wonderful music-making.

District 1 Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Joanne May:

District 1 Choir, under the direction of Mr. Sean Ivory:

District 1 Band, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Peterson:

The 9-10 Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Lee Kessleman:

Friday, November 20, 2015

DGN Welcomes Dr. Stephen Peterson - University of Illinois #99Learns @IllinoisMusic @uofiadmissions @Illinois_Alma

The Downers Grove North High School Fine Arts and the DGN Bands were pleased and proud to welcome Dr. Steve Peterson to campus this afternoon.  Dr, Peterson is the recently appointed Director of Bands at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Peterson worked with the DGN Wind Ensemble on Percy Grainger's "Theme from Green Bushes," a work that the District 99 Honors Band will perform on tour this coming summer.  Dr. Peterson's workshop was both captivating and inspiring for our North High musicians, and lent insight into the opportunities that await students who may ultimately attend the University of Illinois.

Dr. Peterson will be in Elmhurst, IL this weekend serving as the Illinois Music Education Association District 1 Honor Band Guest Conductor this weekend.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 See's Candy Sale - Orders Due this Friday!

The 2015 Fine Arts Booster's See's Candy Sale is up and running!  Orders are due at the end of this week, on Friday, November 20th.  Order forms are to be turned in by the end of the school day in either the Band, Choir or Orchestra rooms. Visual Art students may return forms to the box outside Room 131 (Fine Arts Office).

See’s Candies make a fantastic gift for family, friends or business colleagues!

If you (or your child) forgot to bring home an order form, you may find additional forms online by clicking here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

DGN Hosts ILMEA District Jazz Festival #99Learns

Congratulations to the DGN community for hosting an exceptional Jazz Festival on behalf of the Illinois Music Education Association. Over 200 regional all-star musicians descended upon North High today for a series of educational clinics and culminating concert performances.

A special congratulations to our fourteen @dgnbands students who performed today, and thank-you to the dozens of parent and student volunteers who came together to execute countless details.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring All Who Served #99Learns

The DGN Fine Arts Department joins the District 99 community and extends thanks to all Veterans for their service to country.

The 2015 DGN Veterans Assembly Program (Honoring All Who Served) is now available online. Congratulations to the DGN Men's Chorus on their performance of Homeland (09:15 in video) and to the combined DGN Wind Ensemble & A Cappella Choir on their performance of Honor To Serve (31:10 in video).

Click HERE, or on the image above, to view the video.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Two Visual Artists Garner Awards at NIU Art Invitational

Congratulations to DGN Visual Art students Jessie Novotny and Audrey Staron, who received Honorable Mention Awards at the Northern Illinois University High School Invitational Art Show.

The NIU High School Invitational Art Show brought together students from 35 Illinois schools. Media areas included photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, computer art, and jewelry.  Dick Blick sponsored the show, and awards were given for Honorable Mention, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

Prior to the reception this weekend, NIU opened their art campus up to students and parents to attend workshops in print-making, paper-making, photography and design.  All workshops were hosted by NIU Graduate students and Professors.

Congratulations Jessie and Audrey!

Jessie Novotny - Honorable Mention

Audrey Staron - Honorable Mention

Friday, November 06, 2015

Marty Voelker Honored By IAEA as Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Voelker who today received the Illinois Secondary Art Educator of the Year Award presented by the Illinois Art Education Association. @DGNFineArts salutes "Fine Arty Marty!"